Vegan Carrot Cake Bites
Vegan Carrot Cake Bites

Vegan Carrot Cake Bites

These Vegan Carrot Cake Bites are just what you need this upcoming Easter and Easter week! 

As many of you know, I LOVE dessert but I’m not much for spending hours in the kitchen baking up anything that I can potentially make in 5 minutes. I have actually found a way to turn nearly every cake I love into energy bites and I am thrilled about it! 

Not only will these Carrot Cake Bites work as dessert, but they can also work for Easter week snacks! I even hide these in the backyard (wrapped up in little Vonuva Plant-Based Wax Wraps) for the boys to find instead of eggs haha. They LOVE it! You can even add vegan chocolate chips and I really do recommend doing that for a fun twist. 

Anywho, Have a Very Happy Easter!

These delicious Vegan Carrot Cake Bites will come together in under 10 minutes with minimal ingredients that you already likely have stocked up in your kitchen (if you don’t have these stocked yet, I highly urge you to do so for all of the energy ball recipes to come!).

 

Vegan Carrot Cake Bites

What you will need for this Carrot Cake Recipe…

Ingredients Required:

Carrots

Pecans

Medjool dates

Desiccated Coconut

Carrots

Vanilla Extract

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

 

Vegan Carrot Cake Bites

Vegan Carrot Cake Recipe

Sometimes we want our cake without the hour baking time, am I right? Well give these a shot! Carrot cake energy balls made with shredded carrots and medjool dates.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy, quick
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 balls
Calories: 197kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Carrots Peeled, shredded and squeezed
  • 1.25 cups Medjool dates packed and pitted
  • 2.25 cups Pecans Any nut will do here
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Shreds Optional but delicious
  • 1.5 tsp Vanilla Extract Alcohol Free Option
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • Pinch Sea Salt

To Roll

  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar Can substitue for extra coconut shreds OR easter sprinkles!

Instructions

  • To start, add in the medjool dates and pulse 4-5 times until broken down into small pieces.
  • Next, add in the Pecans, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Sea salt, Vanilla Extract, and Coconut shreds. Pulse until broken down into a semi-fine meal.
  • Add in the carrots and process until well combined (I would say 2-3 pulses).
  • Begin to scoop out 1-2 tbsp amount from the mixture and roll into balls. They will be sticky! Lay on a plate lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  • Roll each ball in the powdered sugar and set in the refrigerator to set. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1815IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

Benefits of…

Carrots

  • Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants!
  • They’re a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels.
  • Orange carrots get their bright color from beta carotene, an antioxidant that your body converts into vitamin A.

Medjool Dates 

  • Excellent nutritional profile including 2 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and a great source of potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron and vitamin B6!
  • Loaded with dietary fiber to keep you full and satisfied
  • Loaded with antioxidants that protect your cells from free radicals, which are unstable molecules that may cause harmful reactions in your body and lead to disease.
  • A low glycemic index which is great for blood sugar control
  • Medjool dates have been proven to give you an immediate boost of energy (I use it for my pre-workouts!)
  • Plus many other benefits!

 

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Super Simply Delicious Vegan Banana Bread

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Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls

Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls

Our family adores energy balls and we create new ones each week with various ingredients: dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, coconut, Medjool dates, nut/seed butter and more!

The boys have fallen head over heels in love with Goji Berries and so I decided to create an energy ball with these little miracle workers. Goji berries have a very long history in Ancient China and have been used for eye, liver and kidney issues.

They are a great source of Vitamin C, Iron, and Fiber and contain all 8 essential amino acids!!

Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Ball

I decided to add as many goodies as possible to these energy balls: Dates, Almonds, Cashews, Chocolate, and Coconut!

 

Further Benefits of Goji Berries

Goji Berries

  • Just one ounce of these berries will fulfill 10% of your daily protein requirements!
  • The high amount of vitamin C is great to boost your immune system and protect you and your little ones from the flu.
  • These berries can aid in weight loss. The sweet and yummy taste (plus the added fiber) can help you to have an easier transition from processed sugar to whole foods. Our family LOVES to snack on these!
  • Goji berries contain a special antioxidant called zeaxanthin (this antioxidant gives them their beautiful and bright color). Antioxidants protect cells against breaking down when they’re exposed to elements such as smoke and radiation.
  • Goji berries are fantastic for lowering blood sugar and avoiding sugar crashes. They can also improve sugar tolerance if you slowly substitute these for the processed sugar snacks!
So now that we have talked about this amazing superfood, let’s get to blending and rolling these amazing Vegan Goji Berry & Mixed Nut Energy Balls!

 

Let the Food Processor do all of the work! Just keep processing until a dough ball like this forms 🙂

 

Vegan Goji Berry and Mixed Nut Energy Balls

These are a must try energizing bite to add to your family's weekly meal plans! Great for the kids lunch boxes or an afternoon pick me up!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, energy ball, kid friendly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 70.15kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Start by removing the seeds from the medjool dates and adding to the food processor. Follow this by tossing in all of the remaining ingredients.
  • Turn the food processor on and allow it to do all the work for you. If you need to stop to scrape down the sides, go right ahead. Continue to food process the mixture until a dough like ball is formed.
  • Once the dough is formed, remove from procesor and take either a 1 tsp or 1 tbsp (depending on the size you want) amount and roll into balls. You can leave as is or you can roll in some coconut shreds as shown. The balls will be quite sticky so I do recommend rollling them in some sort of a powder/shreds. Feel free to use cacao powder, coconut shreds, pulsed nuts, powdered sugar or whatever else you want!
  • Store in the refrigerator to set and also to keep for the week. I like to keep mine stored in an airtight glass container. These are fantastic for snack lunch boxes, mid-afternooon pick me ups or even as a quick out the door energy boost!

Notes

**Can sub out any nuts for seeds.
**Can sub goji berries for any dried fruit you have on hand. 

Nutrition

Calories: 70.15kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.84g | Protein: 1.14g | Fat: 2.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.95g | Sodium: 0.34mg | Potassium: 108.01mg | Fiber: 1.34g | Sugar: 9.62g | Vitamin A: 18.25IU | Calcium: 15.87mg | Iron: 0.48mg

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